Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, AIM
Professor Benjamin C. Bagadion, Jr., PhD is on the core faculty of the Institute. He has served as Associate Dean of the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (ZSDM) (formerly Center for Development Management) in 1995. He specializes in analyzing development environments and project development & management.
Prof. Bagadion is an environmental sociologist. In his advocacies, he straddles the academe, civil society, and the corporate world. He has over three decades of work experience with urban and rural poor communities including fisherfolks, sugar workers, farmers, and tribal communities – which he began in the 1970’s, while he was a student at the Ateneo de Manila University.
As consultant for community-based resource management to the Environmental Resource Management Program, a joint project of the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Dalhousie University (Canada), Prof. Bagadion played a key role in helping arrest the degradation of Mt. Makiling, a tropical forest in Laguna, Philippines. It was during this time that he was appointed Undersecretary at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1994.
After his stint as a public servant, Prof. Bagadion went on to assist numerous local, regional, and international projects (among them corporate and resource protection & management projects) where he formulated and implemented participatory strategies for development projects.
He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Development Sociology, minor in Southeast Asian Studies and International Planning from Cornell University (1990). He has also taken postgraduate studies on conflict resolution and negotiations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the Banff Center of Management in the U.S. and Canada, respectively.